Acupuncture has been used in China for over 2,000 years and it is being used increasingly in Western medicine as the body of scientific evidence supporting its effectiveness grows.
It involves the insertion of fine, stainless steel needles into the skin, a process which stimulates the body to produce chemicals called endorphins and oxytocin, which are the body's own pain relieving chemicals. It has other potential benefits such as promoting sleep due to the release of melatonin, and a sense of well-being by stimulating the production of serotonin. The needles are inserted either at the sites where you feel pain, sites away from the pain or a combination of both. They can be left in from a few seconds up to 30 minutes, and the physiotherapist may gently stimulate them at times by rotating them.
Physiotherapists trained in the use of acupuncture often use it alongside their other treatment modalities to treat a wide range of conditions and reduce pain. Although acupuncture can be effective in as little as one session, up to three sessions may be required to gauge whether acupuncture may be of benefit.
If you would like to see if acupuncture can help you manage your condition, why don't you book yourself in for a physiotherapy assessment with Laura Oxley who has been using acupuncture to help her patients for many years.
Please download, read, and sign the information and consent form attached and bring this with you to your appointment.